Should An HIV-Positive Body Be Considered a Deadly Weapon?

A case in New York revisits the fear and stigma of the most dangerous era of AIDS.

A woman gets an istant HIV/AIDS test inside a moblile clinic of John Wesley Community Health Institute during a health fair sponsored by World Literacy Crusade and the American Health and Education Clinics at the Church of Scientology community center on June 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

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When Terrance Williams was 21, he met a man in Syracuse, and the two became friends. Some weeks later, they became sexually involved. Williams and this partner—who, in court papers, is referred to only as “the victim”—used protection in their relationship, at first. But one night, Williams’s partner reached for a condom, and Williams removed it from his hand. The two often talked about the dangers of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and Williams’s partner asked him, four times, if it was safe for them to have unprotected sex.  Williams assured him that it was.

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